Marlins, Mets pay tribute to Jose Fernandez
The Marlins played their first game since the death of star pitcher Jose Fernandez was announced Sunday morning. Prior to the game, fans made their own memorial for the fallen 24-year-old.
Forever the team ace
Prior to the beginning of the game, Jose Fernandez' glove and hat were placed on the mound in Miami along with the game ball. Fernandez was set to start Monday night's game before his tragic loss. He was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and 253 strikeouts this season.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon wore a special R.I.P shirt in tribute to Jose Fernandez during pregame activities on Monday night.
More than a game
Baseball is brotherhood no matter what team you are on and the Mets continued to show that in their dugout as they took on the Marlins. The team made a custom Jose Fernandez Mets jersey in which they hung on the dugout wall in honor of the Marlins late ace.
Back on the mound
The Marlins all wore No. 16 in honor of Jose Fernandez Monday night and each jersey donned his last name as well. Miami will retire his number forever with Monday being the final occasion. After the national anthem, each player went to the mound and scribbled messages for Jose on the dirt.
Always a Marlin
Jose Fernandez' game jersey hung in the Marlins' home dugout with a bouquet of flowers Monday night in Miami.
As the Marlins honored Jose Fernandez, the Mets showed their gratitude as they also lost a baseball brother, too. Each player consoled those on the Marlins tears and hugs all around.
Home run to remember
Dee Gordon stepped to the plate as the first batter for the Marlins and the lefty went to the right side of the plate and mimicked Jose Fernandez' swing as he took ball one. And then, back on the left, the skinny second baseman launched his first home run of the season into the upper deck. Tears were seen trickling down his face around the bases.
Emotions pouring out
As Dee Gordon crossed home plate after his home run, the emotions poured out in the Marlins' dugout. Gordon fell into Barry Bonds' arms as his teammates embraced him.
Win for Jose
The Marlins beat the Mets, 7-3, with Jose Fernandez on their jersey and in their hearts. After the win, the whole team huddled around the mound in a moment of remembrance together.
Hats off to Jose
Marlins players took their hats off and left them on the mound where Jose Fernandez brought so much joy every game to fans and the whole baseball world. Many players wrote Fernandez' initials and number on their hat.
Winning with heavy hearts
Dee Gordon, with his tribute shirt back on, returned to Jose Fernandez' jersey and flowers after the game. Along with his home run, Gordon finished the night 4-for-5 in the Marlins' win.